The first feature from Mounia Meddour stars Algerian-born French actress Lyna Khoudri (Wes Anderson’s upcoming “The French Dispatch”) in a harrowing tale set during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, also referred to as the “Black Decade”, and was inspired by real events. It tells the story of a young woman obsessed with fashion whose freedom, like that of all other women in the country, was increasingly curbed until there was basically nothing else to do but either rebel (and very likely lose) or leave — both, of course, being devastating outcomes. (Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter)

Around The World in 14 Films 2019, presented by Zoe Moore


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

OT: Papicha
Director: Mounia Meddour
Screenplay: Mounia Meddour, Fadette Drouard
Country: France, Algeria, Belgium, Qatar 2019
Production: The Ink Connection, High Sea Production, Tayda Film
Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Zahra Doumandji, Yasin Houicha
Length: 105 min.
Language: Arabic/French/English OV / English subtitles
Distribution Germany: /
Festivals: Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Angoulême, El Gouna, Warsaw etc.
Awards: El Gouna Best Arabian Film, Valladolid Audience Award

Official Foreign Oscar Candidate 2020 of Algeria